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Old 09-29-2006, 06:28 AM   #1
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What is the next step?

I am so frustrated with these doctors. They just don't seem to get it. I can't deal with this anymore. The daily fears and worries and attacks are ruining my life. I went to the ER yesterday with really bad chest pain but after leaving me alone in a room for 4 hours and doing an EKG and bloodwork they said it was chest wall pain. HUH??? They didn't hook me up to a monitor and while I was lying there my heart rythms were very weird, kind of like 5 or so seconds of super hard fast weird beats and then it went back to normal except it was pounding. They would've picked that up on a monitor.I don't get the chest wall pain? That severe and suddenly? I haven't done anything for a week so I'm sure I didn't pull anything. I am so worried this is serious and nobody is taking me seriously. My doctor sent me to a cardiologist but he only did an EKG and bloodwork and said everything seems ok. He scheduled an echo for the end of next week. Well, I can't wait. I'm tired of waiting and hearing there's nothing wrong with you, obviously there is something that is causing these things. They didn't even offer holter monitoring even though I told him about the weird rythms I often get. Can I check myself into a hospital? I want to, so badly. I want to mke sure there isn't anything wrong except anxiety. Maybe I can check myself into a mental ward? I just don't know what to do. My husband took the whole week off work to stay with me and try to get some answers since right now I cannot drive because of dizziness and severe anxiety attacks all day but we've been from doctor to doctor with no help! I just can't do this anymore, I need intervention. As much as I'm afraid to die, I'm more afraid to live.....any suggestions? I don't have anyone to turn to.

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Old 09-29-2006, 07:07 AM   #2
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Re: What is the next step?

I don't know if I can be of any help but I am Sharond. If you read my post titled "48 and suffering anxiety attacks since age of 4" you might find a little more insight??? Anxiety can bring on a lot of "real feelings" such as heart problems etc. My mother was taken off in an ambulance years ago so many times and returned with no answer to her situation. I am not saying for one minute that you do not have a physical problem and to be certain just get yourself checked out. I have suffered anxiety attacks for 40 odd years and lived with this. My heart condition is fine (from recent checks) and considering my mum, dad, two sisters have had heart conditions I do not. Life unfortunately moreso these days is more demanding and I feel (personally) if we have experienced emotional stress and particularly from a young age we have suppressed emotions that transform into anxiety. I say this only from my own personal experience but hope it is a little more insight for your situation.

Old 09-29-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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Re: What is the next step?

Hi I am so sorry that you are going thru all of this. It is really scary, I understand. I have been going thru all of this for a couple of months now and I went to the emergency room with aches and pains all over they told me that it was a virus. So I started to feel better all of my blood work is normal and then I started to get pains in my legs a couple of days ago. So yesterday my doctor ordered an ultrasound on my leg and they said there was no clot so it's probably muscles or my anxiety. So while I am worried about that now I am having sharp pain by my left collarbone and my armpit into my arm. So that is really scaring me I keep thinking I have a blood clot. But everyone keeps telling me that stress and anxiety are going to do this to our bodies, we will experience physical symptoms. But I keep telling myself something has to be wrong because anxiety doesn't make sense to me. It always seems like something else. I did have my an ultrasound on my hear about 6 months ago and they said it looked good so maybe you could ask your primary doctor to order that test for you. That would show if there is anything wrong. Chest wall pain seems more like an infection to me. I am not a doctor but I think that can hurt when there is some type of infection going on. Could be wrong though. Call your doctor and tell them you would like an ultrasound done as soon as possible and if for nothing else but peace of mind. Also I get PAC's which are premature atrial contractions and they are normal just feels like really weird beats alot especially with stress. But they can find that also with a holter monitor. Don't worry stress makes all of this worse. Find a doctor who will take this seriously. If not go to a different emergency room. Good luck please feel free to write me if you have any questions. Hope you feel better soon.

Old 09-29-2006, 07:28 AM   #4
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Re: What is the next step?

Also my doctor gave me ativan to help calm me down and I am taking .5mgs and it makes me feel alot better. Ask your doctor or the emergency room for some just to calm you down so you can function. And my therapist told me of some deep breathing excersices where you breathe in and hold it for 7 seconds or so and then slowly blow it out and while you are blowing it out close your eyes and picture all of your worries and anxiety washing away with it. It helps me alot. Also I have heard chammomile tea really helps and bach flower rememdy which is sold at health food stores. At least some of this will hopefully help you during the mean time just to calm you down a little bit. Good luck!

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